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13 Things Only Girls With Unstable Period Would Understand

13 Things Only Girls With Unstable Period Would Understand

Girls with a 28-day, clockwork-like cycle don’t understand how lucky they are!  Some girls are so regular that they never even have to think about their periods. But many other girls struggle with periods that come and go without warning, are absent for months at a time, or are unusually heavy or painful.

Here’s 13 things that only girls with an unstable period problem would understand.

1. You Have a Hard Time Making Plans

Whether its scheduling a romantic weekend in the mountains or penciling in a family vacation, these activities are much harder to plan if you do not know ahead of time whether or not you will be on your period.

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2. You Can be Exhausted

Hormonal imbalances and periods that last longer or are heavier than they should be can leave you feeling literally and metaphorically drained, to the point where you can wake up tired even after a good night’s sleep.

3. You are at Higher Risk for Cancer

If you are not having a period at least four times a year – or go for months and months without any period at all – you can have a serious build-up of endometrium, or the lining of your uterus. This build-up can put you at a higher risk for endometrial cancer later on.

4. You Can Have More Difficulty Getting Pregnant

Unstable periods mean that you are not ovulating regularly – and this can make it difficult for you when it comes to starting a family.  Some girls will have to resort to fertility treatments like Clomid or even procedures like in vitro fertilization (IVF) in order to conceive.

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5. You Can Have Difficulty with Your Sex Life

Between prolonged bleeding, cramping, soreness and fatigue, it’s easy to see why some girls with unstable periods just aren’t interested in sex! This can put a strain on relationships and be frustrating for both parties involved.

6. You Feel Embarrassed

Whether it because of accidental “leakage” through your brand new skirt or having to explain to friends why you don’t feel like a girl’s night out, irregular periods can be embarrassing for the girls who suffer from them.

7. You Can Have Mood Swings

With your hormones out of balance and constantly in flux, mood swings, emotional instability and feeling irritated all the time can easily become a part of life. The good news? If the hormones get back into balance, these emotional problems will frequently go away on their own.

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8. You Can Have a Period Problem due to Underlying Health Issues

Unstable periods can mask underlying health problems like disorder of the thyroid, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or fibroid cysts or polyps in the uterus. That is why it is important to go to the doctor to talk about these irregular periods: if the underlying condition can be addressed, often the periods will become more stable.

9. You Can Have Difficulty Treating the Issue

Some girls can find it difficult to treat this issue. Mainstream options include use of birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) if you have a condition like primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) but these treatments, too, have side effects and some girls respond to them better than others.

10. You Can Seek Natural/Alternative Treatments

Many girls seek to manage their unstable period in natural ways rather than using prescription medications. One popular way to do this is with herbs like blue cohosh, asafetida and chasteberry. Some girls will also use alternative treatments like acupuncture for relief.

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11. You Need to Manage Your Stress

Stress can have a big effect on unstable periods: stress releases a hormone called cortisol, which in turn can have an effect on levels of progesterone and estrogen, which are what help control the menstrual cycle. Stress relief techniques like yoga, meditation or long walks can be very beneficial.

12. You Can Have Many Symptoms

It’s not just about the period itself! You can have many other uncomfortable symptoms from an unstable period, including the fatigue and emotional problems already mentioned plus other annoying issues like abdominal bloating or constipation.

13. You Are at Greater Risk for Anemia

If your periods are prolonged and/or heavy, your body might not be able to make red blood cells as fast as you are losing them – and this can result in iron deficiency anemia, which can become a serious problem if it is left untreated.

So if you are a 28-day girl, thank your lucky stars! But also be sure to be understanding of girls who have to deal with the issues surrounding an unstable period.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

Why you can’t sleep through the night

The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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Stress

If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

Exposure to blue light before sleep time

We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

Eating close to bedtime

Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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Medical conditions

In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

The vicious sleep cycle

The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

You get a bad night’s sleep
–> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
–> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
–> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

    Sleep better form now on

    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

    Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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